Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or process of destroying.
  • noun The condition of having been destroyed.
  • noun The cause or means of destroying.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of destroying; demolition; a pulling down, as of a building; subversion or overthrow, as of a government or a principle; ruin, as of a town, a crop, reputation, virtue, etc.; annihilation or deprivation of existence, as of a man or a forest.
  • noun The state of being destroyed; ruin.
  • noun Cause of destruction; a consuming plague or ruinous infliction; a destroyer.
  • noun Synonyms and Overthrow, desolation, extirpation, eradication, extermination, extinction, devastation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of destroying; a tearing down; a bringing to naught; subversion; demolition; ruin; slaying; devastation.
  • noun The state of being destroyed, demolished, ruined, slain, or devastated.
  • noun A destroying agency; a cause of ruin or of devastation; a destroyer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of destroying.
  • noun The results of a destructive event.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something
  • noun the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists
  • noun a final state

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dēstrūctiō, dēstrūctiōn-, from dēstrūctus, past participle of dēstruere, to destroy; see destroy.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English, from Old French destrucion, from Latin destructio.

Examples

  • Pache, whose home was razed 10 times, jokes that the destruction is the only government service he can count on.

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  • This destruction is the reason silver is becoming scarce.

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  • This destruction is the reason silver is becoming scarce.

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  • Little hope seems to be offered that this destruction is anything other than complete, an effect implied in part by a shift in the tone of the free indirect discourse which has established the narrative viewpoint of Nineteen Eighty-Four.

    Hope Begins in the Dark: Re-reading Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • They say embryonic stem cell research has not proven anything yet, and taxpayers should not be forced to fund what they call the destruction of human embryos.

    CNN Transcript May 23, 2005

  • “Is that what you call the destruction of the entire Earth?”

    MILLENNIUM

  • “Is that what you call the destruction of the entire Earth?”

    THE WAR OF THE PROPHETS

  • “Is that what you call the destruction of the entire Earth?”

    MILLENNIUM

  • “Is that what you call the destruction of the entire Earth?”

    MILLENNIUM

  • If nuclear energy to date has found its application in destruction, that is something for which the scientist can not ask to be wholly excused from an adverse judgment; but he has a right to say that he has made available to us, to the citizens, to the politicians, a knowledge of the powers of nature which can be applied maleficently, beneficently, through temporarily destructive methods, or beneficently through wholly, constructive methods, at choice.

    Scientist and Citizen

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    April 23, 2008